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BY Lindsey Garner

Michelene Holmes was diagnosed with stage IIIA triple-negative breast cancer in January 2014 at 45 years old after she noticed a tightening in her left breast.

“When I heard the news that it was cancer, I felt terribly sad and embarrassed,” says Holmes, who is a program manager in Infectious Diseases at MD Anderson.

Thanks to the support of her family and friends, as well as her MD Anderson colleagues and care team, she...

Michelene Holmes standing outside with a lake behind her. She has one hand on her back and one on her leg. She is a Black woman with long black hair.

BY Lindsey Garner

Joyace Ussin uses her voice to connect with her patients and their loved ones. Known as “the singing nurse,” Ussin can sense when patients...

BY Lindsey Garner

Kasey Marsh has always been a creative person. She ran her own professional photography business for over a decade, and has drawn and painted...

BY Lindsey Garner

In 2015, after 25 years of traversing the globe for an airline, Catherine Arellano was enjoying her retirement traveling for fun with her husband, Solon.

But in May of that year, an endoscopy at another hospital revealed a large benign mass in her colon. Catherine was told that her only treatment option was surgery to remove 10 inches of her colon.

Avoiding surgery and a possible colostomy was important to Catherine....

Cancerwise blog post: Catherine Arellano undergoes an endoscopic mucosal resection

BY Lindsey Garner

The room is quiet. Soft light streams through the shaded windows. A soothing voice breaks the silence and addresses the cancer patients and...

BY Lindsey Garner

Nova Sprague always has had a passion for animals, especially dogs. And she never thought she'd work with them instead of people. But MD Anderson...

BY Lindsey Garner

Chris Cuchapin is proud to be one of the first faces patients and their families see when they visit MD Anderson.

As a patient services...

BY Lindsey Garner

No matter how you like to get your heart rate up and work up a sweat, exercising for at least 30 minutes every day can help lower your chances...

BY Lindsey Garner

A self-proclaimed acute care junkie, Margaret Row, M.D., can be found in our Emergency Center most Thursdays taking care of patients. In her...

BY Lindsey Garner

When our patients undergo treatment, the focus is on them and their needs. But cancer often affects the entire family, especially caregivers...